So it's been a weird year to say the least, we are now a part of history and I am sure we will be talking about the 2020 global pandemic for years to come.
It's weird how just overnight everything changed, the world ground to a halt and life got put on hold. It's safe to say that everybody was touched by this pandemic in some way whether you was affected personally or know someone who was, whether you was hailed a key worker and worked throughout keeping the country going or whether you became a school teacher in your home and had to keep the children entertained. It is safe to say all our lives changed this year and 2020 will always stay with us.
There is talks about life after the pandemic what will happen? Will it come back? Will we ever get to normal or are we experiencing a new normal?
I think it's safe to say that we will never get back to "normal" as it doesn't exist anymore not only has life changed we have. All over the world different countries are taking different approaches to get back to a sense of normality a lot of places have introduced face coverings and restrictions and where you can go, who with and how long for. Who knew at the beginning of the year the must have accessory of the year would be a face mask!
I have found though like many other people even though life has changed I have too. I am more comfortable going out but in open spaces whether that's going for a walk or hiking through the dales. I have developed anxiety going about normal tasks such as shopping or going to the hairdressers. I have also become obsessed with cleaning it's an added factor to worry about at all times. I find such a simple task as going to the shops comes with a tick list of things to consider making sure I have bags, my phone, keys, face mask, hand sanitiser, wipes tissues and making sure I go at the quietest times of day.
It's safe to say even though the last few months we have been stuck in the house with not much to do that I have connected with family more through facetime, zoom meetings or just a simple phone call. We even introduced a Zoom family games night once a week!
This year has changed us all and it's weird to think that this year will make it into the history books for future generations to study no doubt your grandchildren will ask you questions on what you did in 2020.
I think it is important to take time to reflect on this year, to acknowledge the changes but to also realise that life has changed and more than likely will never get back to how it was. It's not a bad thing to mourn this change in life but it is vital that we don't ignore it. As an entire world we have overcome a massive life changing event and we have survived and in some areas we may have thrived.
2020 will be a year that we will never forget but I think that's a good thing it is the year that brought about change and showed us just how important life is and to make the most of it.